Friday Mini-Bullets

  • Hey look, they made a major motion picture based on my time Training Like a Pro with David Thorpe in Florida.

  • Mike Bibby, Ray Allen, Steve Nash, Jason Kidd, Josh Smith, Rip Hamilton, Rashard Lewis, Derrick Rose, Allen Iverson ... some of the players whose PERs are not as high as Greg Oden's. Surprising, huh? Some of that is position, though, I suspect. The metric loves high field goal percentage, and rebounds.

  • Rules for a gunfight, as Drill Sergeant Joe B. Fricks as told by the Gun Nut blog. The 21st rule strikes me as Kobe Bryant's modus operandi on the basketball court: "Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet if necessary, because they may want to kill you." (Via Kottke.)

  • A good thing for any fan to do at this point in the season: Rank your assets. It'll help you assess trade ideas as they come up.

  • Who knows if all of these particulars are true. But some of the stocks that Suns owner Robert Sarver has owned in large quantities have really tanked, which supports the theory that the Amare Stoudemire auction is motivated by money, not basketball.

  • Somebody wrote a jokey bit of satire about the NBA imposing a cap on the percentage of players' bodies that can be covered by tattoos. It included a fake quote by David Stern. And now, that quote anchors an article that is on the cover of a Phoenix newspaper in the middle of All-Star Weekend. The whole story.

  • UPDATE: Look, the NBA is hiring, at least one guy. An elite badminton player. Kevin Han, is named the NBA's Director of Basketball Operations for China.

  • UPDATE: The case that the NBA was in decent shape before David Stern took over.